Youth Employment Programs


(Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services)

346 Broadway, 3rd Floor
New York, NY
tel: 212-732-0076
fax: 212-571-0292

The mission of CASES is to increase the understanding and use of community sanctions that are fair, affordable, and consistent with public safety. Our goals are: to hold offenders accountable through community service restitution and other sanctions that emphasize responsibility, education, and employment; to increase community awareness of, and accountability for, the justice system’s responses to crime; and to study and increase the effectiveness of community sanctions. CASES has two youth programs: Community Prep High School is a transitional high-school for youth exiting custody and the Court Employment Project provides young felony offenders with a structured, rigorous program of education, employment preparation, job placement, and counseling.

Center for Employment Opportunities

32 Broadway
New York, NY 10001
tel: 212-422-4430
fax: 212-422-4855

The Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO) provides rigorous pre-employment training, short-term work crew experience, and long-term job development services to prepare clients with criminal records entering permanent employment. CEO provides services to people with non-violent criminal histories who have completed New York State’s Shock Incarceration program or who are on work release, parole, or probation.

The Fortune Society 

29-76 Northern Boulevard
Long Island City, NY 11101
tel: 212-691-7554
fax: 212-255-4948

The Fortune Society is a self-help organization for individuals with criminal records. Fortune offers counseling, referrals to vocational training, job placement, tutoring in preparation for the High School Equivalency Diploma (GED), Basic Adult Literacy, English as a Second Language, and substance abuse treatment. It also offers a wide variety of alternatives to incarceration services for jail-bound defendants. Fortune provides discharge planning, case management and support groups for persons with AIDS or who are HIV positive.

Osborne Association

Employment and Training Division
36-31 38th St. 
Long Island City, NY 11101
tel: 718-707-2600
fax: 718-707-3103

The Osborne Association assists individuals with criminal records, defendants, people on probation or parole, prisoners and their families by offering a range of educational, vocational, support and health services, including defender-based advocacy, day reporting drug treatment and walk-in harm reduction services, acupuncture on demand for detox, and intensive AIDS/HIV case management. Also available are primary health care referrals, regular support groups, weekly NA and AA meetings, a Brooklyn-based youth entrepreneurship program, and an AIDS in Prison Hotline for prisoners. The Employment and Training Division of the Osborne Association provides comprehensive vocational services including assessment, testing, career and educational counseling, job-readiness workshops, job training and post-employment support in adjusting to the demands of the workplace and staying employed.

Wildcat Service Corporation

17 Battery Place
New York, NY 10004
tel: 212-209-6000

Wildcat provides counseling and work programs for the hard-core unemployed, especially ex-addicts, individuals with criminal records, welfare mothers, and out-of-school youth. The three major work categories are clerical, construction, and maintenance. Jobs last up to 12 months. Clients must be referred by correctional programs or legal service providers.

STRIVE Central

240 East 123rd St., 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10035
tel: 212-360-1100
fax: 212-360-5634

The core program at STRIVE consists of an intensive three-week attitudinal adjustment workshop. Emphasis is placed on the development of “soft skills” (e.g., work ethic, verbal and non-verbal communication techniques, appropriate attire for the workplace, and the spirit of cooperation and teamwork, etc.). Participants in STRIVE must undergo a lengthy intake procedure that includes a personal interview before they are admitted. Once participants have completed their training, STRIVE’s job developers endeavor to match employers with the individuals in the graduate pool. Once an individual is placed, STRIVE offers follow-up services for two years. Lastly, STRIVE’s On Site-Social Services Program (OSSP) provides a comprehensive social service program that offers case management, short-term counseling, crisis intervention, advocacy, information and referrals. OSSP also provides gender-specific individual and group activities to address barriers facing young men and women.

Exodus Transitional Community

161 E. 104th St., 4th Floor
New York, NY 10029
tel: 917-492-0990; 212-722-6037
fax: 917-492-8711

Exodus Transitional Community directly serves recently released people with criminal records and makes referrals for programs not offered in-house. Services offered include career counseling; employment workshops, including interview techniques; resume writing; job referrals; housing referrals; mental health counseling; substance abuse treatment referral; and, Alternatives to Violence workshops.


138-46 Northern Blvd
Flushing,NY 11354
tel: 718-961-6880

In YouthBuild programs, low-income young people ages 16–24 work toward their GED or high school diploma while learning job skills by building affordable housing for homeless and low-income people. Strong emphasis is placed on leadership development and community service. All YouthBuild students are poor and many have had experience with foster care, juvenile justice, welfare, and homelessness. Participants spend 6 to 24 months in the full-time program, dividing their time between the construction site and the YouthBuild alternative school.

SoBRO (South Bronx Overall Economic Dev. Corp.)

555 Bergen Ave.
Bronx, NY 10455
tel: 718-292-3113

SoBRO provides opportunities for youth to develop their academic, career and leadership skills. We base our programs upon the principle that all youth can become successful by building upon their personal strengths and forming supportive relationships with peers and caring adults. SoBRO programs focus on academics, careers, arts, leadership, and community service. SoBRO has programs for after-school, summer employment, and out-of-school youth.

Good Shepherd Services

Administrative Offices
305 Seventh Avenue, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10001
tel: 212-243-7070
fax: 212-929-3412

Good Shepherd Services connects vulnerable NYC youth to family, school and community to ensure safe passage to self-sufficiency. Good Shepherd Services works with more than 20,000 New York City children, youth, and families each year. They operate more than 70 programs at locations throughout the Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan.

Friends of Island Academy

330 West 38th Street, Suite 301
New York, NY 10018
tel: 212-760-0755
fax: 212-760-076

Friends employment department assists our members in obtaining full-time, part-time or temporary work (e.g. summer jobs). On average, the department places 125 youth into jobs each year. Each member attends our pre-employment workshop before job placement. The group workshop teaches interviewing skills, resume writing, appropriate dress and the “soft skills” of job retention such a punctuality, conflict resolution and positive social interaction. The job readiness is paralleled with computer training classes. With the successful completion of their computer training the members will receive a certificate. Members who successfully complete the job readiness and computer workshop will be geared towards interview and employment opportunities. Prior to the actual job placement, members are screened and assessed. Once placed on a job, members receive individual coaching and problem-solving assistance through-out various stages of employment. Follow-up services will be provided for at least one year after placement. In addition, the employment department assists our members with various issues surrounding work, including transportation, working papers, driver’s licensing, and referral to vocational training.

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations

621 Degraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Brooklyn Workforce Innovations helps jobless and working poor New Yorkers establish careers in sectors that offer good wages and opportunities for advancement. BWI’s mission is to empower low- and moderate-income people by creating living-wage employment opportunities and access to career paths. We seek to develop programs that counter prevailing market inequalities (especially those based on race or gender) and contribute to a broader movement for economic justice. Currently, BWI helps poor New Yorkers start careers in four industries: commercial driving, telecommunications cable installation, TV and film production, and skilled woodworking.